July 10, 1913 - Hot as hell it was! On this day the mercury climbed to 134° Fahrenheit in Death Valley, California. It's the highest temperature ever recorded in North America - and not far from the hottest reading ever taken on the planet. Libya hit 136° in 1922.
Besides the blistering heat, Death Valley is one of the lowest and driest places in the world. At its lowest point it's 282 feet below sea level.